St. Cyprian’s rich history began in the late 1800s when it was established as a place of worship in the Episcopal tradition for former slaves and other African Americans in St. Augustine. The present church building was consecrated in 1900. For many decades the parish thrived as a cornerstone of spiritual life in the Lincolnville neighborhood of St. Augustine, and teachers, shop owners, attorneys, doctors, and dentists were counted among the membership during its prosperous years. Although St. Cyprian’s was not directly involved in the Civil Rights movement when it came to St. Augustine in the 1960s, there are stories of individual members of the congregation supporting the cause from behind the scenes. In the generations that followed, the church’s membership declined and the building suffered from deferred maintenance as the Lincolnville neighborhood experienced its own decline.
In the late 1990s, the people of Trinity Episcopal Parish offered their generosity to help renovate the building and renew the spirit of the congregation. However, when the national Episcopal Church began welcoming and affirming gays and lesbians in its life and leadership, a significant group of St. Cyprian’s parishioners left the Episcopal Church in late 2006. Following the schism, a faithful remnant of St. Cyprian’s parishioners, committed to the Episcopal Church and its position of inclusion, resolved to rebuild the congregation and its ministry. Today, St. Cyprian’s is honoring the
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Fort Mose Historic State Park is the site of the first legally sanctioned free African settlement in what is now the United States. In 1738, the Spanish governor of Florida chartered the settlement of Gracia Real de Santa Teresa de Mose, or Fort Mose for short, as a settlement for those fleeing slavery from the English colonies in the Carolinas. Over the next 25 years, Fort Mose and Spanish Saint Augustine became a sanctuary for Africans seeking liberation from the tyranny of English slavery.
For half a century, visitors to St. Augustine have made the St. Augustine/St. Johns County Visitor Information Center their first stop upon arriving in the Nation’s Oldest City. Commonly known as the “VIC,” the center offers information on special and cultural events, brochures and guidebooks for the area's attractions, clean restrooms, a gift shop. The VIC is staffed with friendly fully licensed tour guide hosts who gladly share information on attractions, museums, tours, accommodations, restaurants and unique shopping opportunities. The VIC is where a St. Augustine vacation begins, whether you plan to stay a day, a weekend or longer.